Head to Head – Avatar

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Diane Lewis flattened James Cameron‘s Avatar as if it were a miniature Smurf village. For her troubles, she scored a double pass to The Last Song. You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!


Diane Lewis will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Diane Lewis – 1/5

Now I know I am in the small percentage of people that hated this film, but what a complete waste of 3 hours of my life. Boring, predictable and typically American. If you don’t understand it, blow it to bits!! Oh and of course, only an American human can become one of them, tame a flying “special” dragon within minutes and save the land – AS IF!! OK, I give you the graphics were good, but the plot – complete and utter rubbish and full of holes. I’m just glad it didn’t win the zillions of Oscars it was meant to.

Simon Miraudo – 4/5

In the flurry of overzealous adoration heaped upon Avatar following its release, I was quick to jump on the back foot and criticise it, as a means of keeping things in perspective. My unwillingness to call the film anything less than the greatest motion picture ever made perhaps gave people the wrong impression – that I didn’t like the film. And while I do agree with a few of your complaints Diane (the predictability of the plot, the awful dialogue, the tired ‘white-man becomes leader of native tribe’ trope), Avatar IS a good movie. Yes, the special effects are pretty. But the real power here comes from Cameron himself, whose talents as a visual storyteller are incomparable. His ferocity and anger screams throughout the film, aided by a solid Sam Worthington and a brilliant Zoe Saldana. No, Avatar is not the greatest film ever made. But it’s pretty good.

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on Avatar? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

7 Responses to “Head to Head – Avatar”

  1. I saw the movie 3x's, love the 3D graphics I was swiped away in the whole fantasy land experience. I really do not understand why people hate it or took the movie so seriously. I'm waiting to see if Avatar will be in 3D when it comes out in DVD

  2. Your so wrong Diane, Dancing with Wolves was a fantastic movie with an amazing cast, storyline and beautiful visual cinematography to keep you visually entertained. Oh wait wrong movie, forget what I said…….

  3. Yes, Avatar is a pretty movie – particularly if you're inclined to be distracted by shiny objects. Beyond its visual splendor, there's precious little to qualify it as anything but passable. High five, Diane!

  4. Thanks Patrick 🙂

  5. Absolutely brilliant. The 3D allowed me to be there and I loved it.I go to the movies to be entertained and to lose myself in the moment. Avatar took me off the planet and all is woes to a different world.I too wish to now be an Avatar, pick me!

  6. Diane has it 100%!!!!

  7. Diane you are correct. Avatar is an overblown extremely overrated modern cartoon. I thought American movie makers had moved beyond 'blow up and destroy..hang on we'd better have a moral in there somewhere' type of movies. To think that Cameron spent 10 years developing this?

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